The Planet Ranch property in Scottsdale, Ariz., reopened to the public on Jan. 28, creating an important link for the Arizona Peace Trail, which is an off-highway-vehicle trail between Yuma and Lake Mead.
From left, Dee Pfleger, Arizona Game and Fish; Jeremy Pennell, Arizona Game and Fish; Holly Irwin, LaPaz County Third District supervisor; J.C. Sanders, Arizona Peace Trail Committee; Pat Barber, Arizona Game and Fish regional supervisor; Terrence Murphy, Bureau of Reclamation; and Jason West, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Lake Havasu Field Office manager. Photo: Mark Goldberg, Quartzsite Off-Road
Planet Ranch was closed to the public shortly after the city of Scottsdale bought the land in 1984. The land purchase was part of a plan to provide water to the city, but a state law was passed blocking the move.
About 400 OHV enthusiasts were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. They were joined by federal, state and county officials.
The Arizona Peace Trail is a loop system that uses existing trails and roads. The group behind the effort is working with city, county, state and federal agencies to keep desert roads open for public use and to assist land managers in maintaining the trail system.
J.C. Sanders, chairman of the Arizona Peace Trail Committee, said the group also hopes to develop recreational opportunities and areas for camping and staging, so people can go on longer trips.